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uShip is not your ordinary moving company. In fact, it's not a moving company at all. 

uShip is an online marketplace that connects customers directly with truck drivers who have extra space in their trucks — making it cheaper and easier to ship large items.

uShip allows users to make listings to transport a variety of items, including but not limited to the following:

  • Animals
  • Boats
  • Cars
  • Freight
  • Heavy equipment
  • Household items
  • Jacuzzis and hot tubs
  • Large pieces of furniture

To get started, all you need to do is create a listing. Next, you'll input your moving timeframe, list of items that need to be moved, number of boxes, measurements of large pieces of furniture, and the level of service required. Once that's done, you'll either open it up for bids from truck drivers or moving companies, or you can offer a price (and wait to see if someone accepts it). Once someone makes a bid or accepts your offer, uShip will notify you through the website or the mobile app. 

If you receive multiple offers, it's up to you to choose the right driver or company to hire. We recommend checking out uShip's driver review pages to ensure you're hiring a trustworthy candidate, but ultimately the decision comes down to whom you're comfortable working with. 

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The Good

  • Transport Large, Heavy Items for Cheap
  • Car Shipping Costs
  • Ship with Confidence 
  • Estimated Costs

Transport Large, Heavy Items for Cheap

Moving a piano, car, or even just a large piece of furniture comes at a price. Unfortunately, many standard moving companies will drastically increase their rates for these types of items, putting a lot of stress on a tight budget. The nice thing about uShip is that when you create a listing, you can choose how much you're willing to pay to have your item moved, or you can receive multiple quotes from different drivers or companies and choose the best rate.  

The fact that there is no set price for certain items is great for anyone looking to save some money as it could potentially get you a great deal. Instead of being told what you're going to pay to move your heavy items, you get to choose. Also, you aren't rushed to make a decision. If you don't want to accept any of the offers at first (or no one bites at your offered price), give it a few days to see if anything changes. 

Car Shipping Costs

Thanks to websites like eBay Motors and Craigslist that allow people to buy and sell a car without a middleman, more vehicles are being transported all over the country.  If you need to ship a vehicle, uShip is an excellent option. The company's website includes a "cost to ship" page where you can input your vehicle's information (year, make, model, etc.) to determine how much it will cost to ship your car across the country, state-to-state, locally, or internationally. uShip even breaks it down so you can see the company (or driver) that offers the lowest rate, best value, or the one with the highest customer rating. 

Ship with Confidence 

Anyone who goes through uShip for their shipping needs gets the "Ship with Confidence" Guarantee. This guarantee compensates clients up to $500 if any items are damaged or lost. Also, the company will reimburse clients up to $500 if they made a payment and the services are not rendered. 

Keep in mind that you must follow uShip's Safe Shipping Guide to be eligible for this guarantee. 

Estimated Costs

It's not common for moving companies to disclose pricing upfront. Mainly because moving inherently comes with a lot of variables: How many boxes do you plan on using? Do you plan on packing the items yourself or hiring someone else to do it? Are you moving across the street or the country? 

Something unique about uShip is the company's attempt to be as transparent as possible. On the website, uShip has a page that discloses client listings, including what they moved, the distance of the move, how much it cost, and more. Of course, no personal details are revealed. 

For example, one of the posts is from a client who moved out of a one bedroom apartment in Northern California and moved to Southern California. The total distance of the move was around 420 miles, and the client received three quotes. The client declined two of the quotes and accepted the last quote for $2,000. 

This is just one example. The website includes thousands of these profiles. If you want a ballpark number on how much your move will cost you, it doesn't get much better than this. 

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  • Availability and Flexibility
  • uShip Fees

Availability and Flexibility

uShip is not always the most practical way to move — especially for those with a specific timeframe and/or a lot of stuff to move. 

uShip's business model is all about utilizing the extra space in trucks and helping eliminate economic waste. Since your belongings are being shipped in the extra space of a truck that's already got an established route, you don't get to cherry-pick the date or the amount of space available. Instead, you simply have to wait and see if someone can move your stuff within your timeframe. 

When our research team scrolled through uShip's listings, we came across several that had been live for days (some even weeks) with little interaction — meaning there weren't any bids. So, even if you create a listing, there is no guarantee that you'll get an offer. 

uShip Fees

uShip doesn't charge or require a subscription fee for basic Shipper (personal or business), Broker, or Carrier accounts. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any fees. If you read through the company's user agreement, you'll see that uShip may charge the following fees:

  • Shipper Listing/Posting Fee
  • Shipper Service Charges
  • TSP Transaction Fee
  • uShip Payments and Withdrawal Fee
  • Penalty Fees
    • TSP Excessive Cancellation Surcharge
    • Failed ACH Fee
    • Unpaid Balance Fee

Nearly all moving companies have fees, so this is not unusual. But, we do recommend that you speak with a company representative or read the agreement thoroughly before signing any paperwork. That way, you are informed about what you're paying for and why. 

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The Bottom Line

One important thing to remember is that uShip is not a moving company itself but a marketplace that connects customers with drivers who have extra space in their trucks. 

uShip is an excellent resource for anyone who needs to move one or two large items but can’t fill an entire truckload — and doesn't want to pay for an entire truck. It might not be the best option if you're looking to relocate and need to move out of your three+ bedroom home since there's no way to specify the amount of extra space in the truck. However, if you happen to get lucky and there's a driver with extra space (and who happens to be traveling a similar route), then it's a great way to move items for cheap. 

Consumers should also appreciate uShip showing its customers' listings and what bids were offered (and accepted). It's challenging to give a ballpark figure when it comes to moving costs, mostly because pricing in the moving industry is extremely dynamic and situational. But the fact that uShip has found some way to give customers an idea of what they could expect to pay is incredible. 

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uShip Frequently Asked Questions

Is uShip safe?

uShip is one of the safest ways to locate shipping services online. To ensure a positive experience, be sure to follow the company's safe shipping guidelines and contact its world-class customer service team should you have any questions regarding the safety of your shipment.

How does payment work on uShip?

When you’re ready to book your shipment, you’ll have the option to securely pay with any major credit card. With most bookings, the company will hold on to the funds until your carrier has completed the shipment. Should you need to cancel your shipment, you’ll receive a no-hassle refund back to your original payment method.

Am I obligated to book a quote?

No. Listing a shipment on uShip is 100% free, and you are not obligated to book a quote. If you aren’t satisfied with the rates you receive, you may simply delete or restart the listing.

Do uShip carriers have insurance?

Most carriers on the uShip marketplace extend insurance to your shipment at no cost; however, this is a case-by-case basis. You should review the carrier’s profile to see what type of coverage is offered for your particular commodity. For additional protection, uShip offers cargo insurance for purchase backed by Lloyds of London.

What is the expected response time to recieve quotes?

Depending on many factors, you can expect to see quotes on your shipment anywhere from five minutes to five days. For best results, be sure to provide your complete shipment details, including photos and dimensions, when creating a listing on the uShip marketplace.

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uShip is an online shipping marketplace that connects people with reliable transport service providers to ship their items worldwide. From vehicles and boats to bulky furniture and antiques, save big on your shipping needs by helping carriers fill their otherwise empty truck and trailer space.

A smart choice for those who enjoy convenience, uShip offers all the tools you need to be in control and feel confident when booking a shipment online. Easily compare quotes from shipping companies all in one place and read real reviews of their previous shipments. And, with enhanced mobile features such as live GPS tracking and text alerts, you’ll never be in the dark.

Enjoy a 100% digital experience without unsolicited phone calls, unnecessary emails, or hidden fees. To get started, simply create a listing on the uShip marketplace. Be sure to include as much information about your shipment as possible, including its precise dimensions and any helpful photos. The more specific and detailed you are with your shipment, the more accurate your quote will be.

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Amanda Lamberti Van Nuys, CA

Hands down the BEST PRICES! I have received estimates from other companies and UShip is the way to go.

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Gil G Scottsdale, AZ

Fast shipment, fair pricing, responsive and friendly communications, highly recommended, A++++++++

2 months ago

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Jennifer Ferrell Austin, TX

As I searched, I submitted a detailed request to a shipper's website and received a quote a couple days later that wasn't viable - when I called to follow-up, they said my shipment could not get picked up at all even though all the details in my submission had been accurate. With UShip, I received several quotes and all of them were real, valid offers for the details I had provided.

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Linda Seattle, WA

I heard about UShip from a friend. I really needed to get an oversized chair to my daughter in Portland. I read the website and followed the directions. Almost immediately i was quoted a price to get the chair there.. This was a fast easy and pleasant way to move the chair. I would recommend it to anyone that does not need a full size moving experience.

2 months ago

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Bryce Wilcox Las Vegas, NV

Was really easy to arrange my shipment. Reputable companies sent reasonable offers and I was able to get my boat delivered to me in Las Vegas coming all the way from Maryland!

1 month ago

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Christine Merriman Hartsdale, NY

Excellent engagendment. The dispatcher was in continual contact, keeping me updated. The drivers Juan and Omar werecurteous and careful when moving the dresser. Great experience all around.

2 months ago

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Sam K Madison, WI

Using UShip allowed me to get many competitive bids for a cross-country move in a safe and secure manner. I loved the escrow piece where you don't have to pay until delivery and after making sure everything went smoothly.

2 months ago

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John D Corcoran Central, SC

The service was SO easy to use, and I found a fantastic - and reasonably priced - partner within an hour of my posting. User reviews were easy to access and guided my decision.

2 months ago

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Burk Waxhaw, NC

Great shipper who was extremely communicative allowing me to be flexible where it made sense for me and him to be flexible where it made sense to him, which made for a great experience.

2 months ago

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Laura Rogers, AR

This was a very easy experience and made my move much easier! It was easy to find someone that could transport my boat and I got a lot of good offers that were well within my means.

2 months ago

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Marcia Voudren Roanoke, VA

Lots of good contact to answer questions. Tips are given for how to insure a positive shipping experience. I went into this with expectations that the company would bet the carriers, but they do not. All went well and lots of on-going emails were sent throughout.

2 months ago

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Robert George Sr Las Vegas, NV

The services were excellent, however it is impossible to receive a paid in full receipt from them. They NEED to set up a feature when you release payment you will get a PDF stated payment was received in full with a zero balance owed.

2 months ago

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Billy Brown Chalmette, LA

I like the fact that i decide who picks up my vehicle, based off their reputation with the customers they delivered vehicles to.

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Cinthy Broomfield, CO

I had trouble getting an offer to accept a bid to process on my phone but when I called into customer service they were very patient in getting a workaround.

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vince migliore Delray Beach, FL

The shipment was bid on within 48 hours, which was very good. The only problem is the time of delivery was at a late time in the evening and I wanted the item to go into my storage unit, but it was closed by that time.

2 months ago

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Katie Park City, UT

Solved a problem I had!! I'm so glad someone told me about this site! I needed a mattress brought from 350 miles away and this site made it happen quickly and affordably!

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Christine Clearwater, FL

UShip's website was easy to figure out and I was able to list a piece of furniture to be shipped. I received a quote very quickly and then made arrangements.

2 months ago

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We are happy to hear the service was able to help you get your shipment to where it needed to be.

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Ruth Blackfoot, ID

Uship really does make moving easier when all the customer has to do is pack and load belongings onto a truck!

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Shawn Conaway Kirksey, KY

Easy way to get great prices on shipping and You get to choose who you want to Ship your item by costs and review's

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Georgia Binns Babylon, NY

Very clear instructiobs for first time users. Helpful to understand how to review and select a transportation company.

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Laverne Patrick Hubert Riviera, TX

Although the site can be somewhat confusing to navigate, I connected with a mover who was accommodating, reliable, and communicated well.

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Robart Schaefer Columbia Falls, MT

Uship was very easy to use and provided great visibility of the shipment throughout the process. The only fault, I would say is the price seems a bit steep (25% service fee)

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Barbara Yale-Read Boone, NC

My shipper communicated well with both me and with the seller, kept me informed every step of the way, and got my bed here 2 days ahead of schedule!

2 months ago

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Beth Watkins Shreveport, LA

Everything went really smoothly. The person that fulfilled my shipment was great. My only negative is still getting emails and offers and I have already received the item.

2 months ago

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Brian Stryker Unionville, IN

Quick response and delivery. Picked up same day and delivered next day without damage. Would recommend black diamond transport.

2 months ago

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Paul English Seattle, WA

Easy user interface, reliable results, secondary insurance available. Minus 1 star because they charge pretty high fees to BOTH the buyer and shipper.

2 months ago

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Scott Buford, GA

Worked out great!! Steve was great great communication and ph numbers provided. Work well for me and the seller of the car part I needed

2 months ago

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Joseph Rosher Huntsville, AL

Filled in my data had had four bids within an hour. Hauler pick up item, delivered it the next day and was paid through uShip. No problems.

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Paul Buonavolonta North Dartmouth, MA

The reason why I rated them this way is because the app itself saved me $2500 that is an awesome savings 1st start up company

2 months ago

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Linda Gotta Westfield, NY

Both of the gentlemen I dealt with (Jeremy M.) and Alex (his helper) were pleasant, helpful, on time, and easy to work with.

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Ben Royall Sparta, NC

Took down my info and I started recieving shipping bids within the hour and over the next couple of days. Could not have gone better

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Lisa Taylor Canton, OH

jbs trucking was fantastic!!! He kept us informed on his progress. He was extremely careful and was wonderful to deal with.

2 months ago

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Mr Michael Bercaw San Antonio, TX

Ships as promised. It's a 3 party system so it makes it difficult to know who to contact. Tracking did not work or was not turned on. Would use again though.

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Mike O Albuquerque, NM

Easy to use the system and even though you pay in full upfront the shipper doesn't get paid until delivery is completed and your satisfied

2 months ago

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john guma Manorville, NY

The service was flawless. The shipper was on top of every facet of the shipment from acquiring to delivery. There was no guess work.

2 months ago

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Theresa Midland, TX

I had a good experience, from when they pick up and drop off. It was in a timely manner and The communication was great also.

2 months ago

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Jill S Frasier Bountiful, UT

Easy to use as a way to get something to me that otherwise I would not have been able to purchase.

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Steve V Todd Andrews, SC

Dependable means to find the best quote on shipping. Knowing your interest is protected.

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Lesa Gonzalez Port Angeles, WA

The site was easy to use and the shipper kept in good contact with me. Items delivered when the time was good for me.

2 months ago

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Christopher Trampush Hillsboro, NH

They took very good care of my car from start to finish. And made picking up and dropping off easy and stress free

2 months ago

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Wesley Drake Porterville, CA

It was easy to post on the site. Everything was easy to fill out and it was very affordable. Thank you.

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Cody Orem, UT

Very simple to use, multiple options for carriers, the carrier I went with was great at communicating changes when they happened. Great experience.

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Brant Smith Phoenix, AZ

uShip found a great delivery company who delivered my shipment early and professionally for a good price.

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Andre Bryant Charlotte, NC

Quick and easy. Very impressive how they streamlined the process. Only gripe i have is app is glitchy.

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Luke Chattanooga, TN

Great Service! Shipper communicated very well and item was received in same condition as when purchased.

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Ariana Salisbury, NC

Amazing everything was picked up they even boxed my Tv and Mirror for me and came a few hours early.

2 months ago

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Mark Sedalia, MO

The carrier (Central) was easy to work with and met the requested ship date. item arrived quick and in great shape

2 months ago

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We are happy to hear the service was able to help you get your shipment to where it needed to be. Don't forget to leave feedback for your carrier on your experience!

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Toheeb Greenwood, IN

It is the best way to ship. Put shipper in control of the whole shipping.

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Livermore ironworks Stockton, CA

Outstanding service and quotes for shipping worked out well.

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Melissa Nix Arvada, CO

Great at connecting those who seek shipping with those who ship

1 month ago

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